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I can’t remember a Christmas without this recipe. Or a New Year’s Eve. Or a Thanksgiving. This is a family staple for longer than I have been alive. And it’s unique to my family! Do y’all have those kind of recipes? No one I meet seems to also serve our savory Holiday Pie appetizer. When most of our guests hear “Holiday Pie,” they assume that it’s a dessert. However, it’s not, it’s one of my most favorite appetizers that is filled with savory flavored with Philadelphia cream cheese, green pepper, dried beef and a bit of crunch from toasted walnuts. And it’s delicious. And so, so easy. You can whip this up for a party about 30 minutes before you have to leave, and I guarantee you’ll be coming home with an empty dish!
- 1 8oz Package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
- 2.25 Ounce Jar of Dried Beef (you can also find this in the refrigerated food section)
- 3 Tbsp Green Bell Pepper, finely minced (I eyeball this, as I chop it all in a food processor, and I tend to go heavy on the green bell pepper because I think it tastes better that way.)
- 2 Tbsp Milk
- 2 Tbsp Dried instant Minced Onion (available in your spice section of the grocery store)
- 1/8 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
I picked up all of my ingredients at my local Walmart. (A new one just opened even closer to our house, and I used this as an excuse to check out the new store.) Again, one of the great things about this dish is your ability to pick up the ingredients and keep them in your house during the holiday season (with the exception of the green bell pepper), then when you realize that you need to bring something last-minute to a party or dinner, you can just whip up a holiday pie.
This dish can be made entirely in the food processor, and requires only kitchen sheers, a knife, a measuring cup and measuring spoons. It’s a super fast and easy clean up that way! (Again perfect for preparing as a last-minute party dish!) I start by snipping the dried beef. This can be found in the canned meat section of your local Walmart (or grocery store).
After I add the dried beef to the food processor, I add the green pepper, sour cream, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, followed by the milk, black pepper and minced onion. I pulse the food processor after each step. Once everything is blended to a fine paste, I distribute into two small loaf pans. This makes the dish go even farther– I have two small containers of Holiday pie dip that can be taken to a single event or two events! I place the chopped walnuts on top of each mini loaf dish, and cook the Holiday Pie in the toaster oven for 12-15 minutes on 300 degrees. Just enough to allow everything to brown and warm up.
If you do divide the Holiday Pie into two different dishes, there is no need to cook them both at the same time, it’s better to wait and serve it warm, so cover it, and keep in the fridge. It will keep for a day or so before your next entertaining event!
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